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Jonny Heinken

Jonny Heinken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

Jonny Heinken's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Jonny Heinken's Bio

Riding on the road since I was 16 years old (1981). Hinault was King. But there were many more great (and clean) riders in that era: Moser, Fignon, Kelly, Roche, Millar, Argentin.

Shortly thereafter, LeMond ascended, winning at Altenrhein in '83. LeMond vs Hinault at the Tour in '85 & '86 was epic. LeMond vs Fignon in '89 was incredible. And how sweet were the original 7-11 and Motorola teams: Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney, Eric Heiden, Bob Roll, etc. Andy winning the '88 Giro!

Then between 91 and 93... EPO arrived to the pro peloton and it all ended. Et tu Big Mig? Et tu??

Today: Peter Sagan, Cancellara, Boonen, Froomey, Dumoulin... you guys have been/are GREAT ambassadors to and for pro cycling.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

This is the *new* Zipp SL Speed carbon stem (with new stealth graphics).

Zipp, undeniably, one of the very best carbon road wheelset makers​ in the world... has quietly become one of the very best makers of carbon cockpit components.

The SL Speed carbon stem is expensive. It is strong. It is light (Zipp says 123g in size 100mm).

It is also stunnigly beautiful in stealth matte carbon black (and will match any frame color)

American company/design. Cool.

By the way, Zipp uses Torx fasteners because they are "simply a better bolt." As Zipp explains, "They are more durable (strip less). And they provide more accurate torque readings."

Install note: This stem is a work of art. You must use a quality torque wrench (or one of Park's excellent new torque keys @ $45) to tighten the bolts (cross X) to spec (6 Nm max torque).

If you have a carbon bar, add a swipe of grip paste ( I rec Finish Line, $7/tube). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque key and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 30, 2017

5 5

This is the *new* Zipp SL Sprint carbon stem (with new stealth graphics).

You buy this stem because it is super strong. Great for crit and sprint use. The 78º angle gives a slightly lower, more aggressive riding position compared the more commonly found 84º rise.

No one makes a better aero carbon road stem. American company/design. Great stuff.

By the way, Zipp uses Torx fasteners because they are "simply a better bolt." As Zipp explains, "They are more durable (strip less). And they provide more accurate torque readings."

Install note: This stem is a work of carbon art. You must use a quality torque wrench (or one of Park's excellent new torque keys @ $45) to tighten the bolts (cross X) to spec (6 Nm max torque).

If you have a carbon bar, add a swipe of grip paste (I rec Finish Line, $7/tube). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque key and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 30, 2017

5 5

Zipp, undeniably, one of the very best carbon road wheelset makers​ in the world... has quietly become one of the very best makers of carbon cockpit components.

The Zipp SL Speed carbon seatpost does not disappoint. It is expensive. It is gorgeous. It is fantastic. You get what you pay for.

Super light, super strong, lessens low vibration chatter... and dead sexy in matte carbon black. American company/design. Cool.

Install note: If you own a carbon bike frame... and you probably do if you're looking at this seatpost... then you must use grip paste to set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube) -better than Park's.

Tighten this carbon post to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque wrench/key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 24, 2017

5 5

Come on guys, if you own a $3-10K high-end road (or MTB) bike with an 11 speed chain, spend only ~$20-30 more than a decent/inferior chain tool and purchase Park's CT-4.3 master chain tool.

Park's CT-4.3 is designed in a different and superior way than other chain tools (even Park's 3.2). It holds the chain *inside* the block; much more secure. Thus, the chain rivet is driven-in in a more precise and accurate way. Therefore, fewer bent, stuck, or stiff links (so frustrating!).

Buy this chain tool and Park's $10 chain checker (3.2), and change your chain --easily-- and as needed. (About every 1,500-3,000 miles depending upon conditions.)

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 17, 2017

4 5

Ok, no one appreciates Park bike tools more than me. They are the BEST.

(For ex, no cyclist should be without Park's AWS-1 3-way hex wrench, or a PW-4 pedal wrench, among others.)

That said, if you own an expensive $$$ 3K-10K high-end road (or MTB) bike with an 11/10 speed chain, please spend only ~$25 more and purchase Park's CT-4.3 master chain tool. It is a better chain tool.

The CT-4.3 is designed differently than the 3.2. It holds the chain -inside- the block; in a much more secure way. Thus, the chain rivet is driven-in in a more precise and accurate way.

It's why Park designed the 4.3. It is a superior tool.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 5, 2017

5 5

PROS: These tubes are very light at ~75g (decreasing rotational mass), and are supposed to provide better dynamic "feel" while riding, in addition to slightly lower rolling resistance according to a few studies.

Anyway, I've had zero problems. They look cool in pink. And, more importantly, in my exp no increased flats vs butyl tubes. And the ride does feel more supple and smooth with high-quality tires.

CONS: 1. You have to add air every ride. No big deal.

2. Patching a latex tire is apparently a no-no. But I've done it with no apparent issues. Anyone else?

3. Latex tubes seem to stick to the tire inside more, even with talcum powder. This makes them hard to use again after a flat. They stick and deform after pulling them out. Anyone else?

I pair these latex tubes with Conti GranPrix II tires (size 25) for fast riding/training (Conti 4-Season in the Winter), and with the new Vittoria Corsa G+ tires for race/timed applications on good roads. Love it!

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on July 5, 2017

5 5

3T (turin tube technology) has made pro level cycling stems and bars since 1961. Lots of experience here. Found throughout the pro peloton.

This is a great carbon stem. Light (~120g), strong, and sweet looking. "Stealth" finish will match any frame color.

A classy upgrade if you own an Italian brand bike frame or not.

*Remember, if you are lucky enough to own a carbon handlebar and/or stem... you must use grip paste to properly set your stem/handlebar. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube) -better than Park's. Then (cross tighten) the bolts to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

5 5

3T (turin tube technology) offers the largest, most extensive lineup of cockpit road components (bar, stem, post) in the sport. Since 1961. Lots of experience here.

This is a great carbon seatpost. Light (~200g), strong, and sweet looking. The carbon will help with low frequncy road vibration.

The "stealth" look is gorgeous and will match any frame color.

Install note: If you have a Alu, Ti, or steel frame, don't forget to grease the seatpost before installing. (Phil Wood "waterproof grease" in the green tube is the classic: $10.)

If you have a carbon bike... you must use grip paste to properly set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube). Then tighten the seatpost collar to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

5 5

As we all know, Zipp makes some of the absolute best carbon road wheelsets in the world. They also make -fantastic-cockpit components.

The "Service Course" SL is simply one of the BEST road stems made in the sport -especially for the price.

Super high quality (3-D forged, aircraft grade, 7050 aluminum alloy), strong, light weight (Zipp says 135g in size 100mm) ...and... affordable. That is a combination that is hard to beat.

In addition, Zipp's Service Course SL stem in their "beyond black" finish is absolutely stunning, one of the best looking road stems on the market today. This is bike jewelry.

Install note: I strongly rec the use a quality torque wrench or one of Park's excellent new torque keys ($45) to tighten the bolts down to spec (6 Nm max torque). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Zipp is one of the best carbon road wheelset designers in the world, of course. They are also one of the very top designers of cockpit components (stem, bar, seatpost).

The "Service Course SL" is one of the great, benchmark alloy road seatposts. Affordable, light (only 235 g), strong, and great looking. That is a combination that is hard to beat.

Super sexy in "beyond black." Will look great with any frame.

American company/design. Nice.

Install note: If you have a Al, Ti, or steel frame, don't forget to grease the post before installation. (Phil Wood's waterproof grease in the green tube is the classic. ~$10.)

If you have a carbon bike... you must use grip paste to properly set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube). Then tighten the seatpost collar to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

3T makes the largest selection of cycling cockpit components in the sport. Turin Tube Technology (3T) was founded in Northern Italy in 1961 by Mario Dedioniggi.

3T is used all over the UCI pro peloton. Lots of experience here.

Great bar: Great looks, weight, shape.

*Please, yes, absolutely, you have to use a quality torque key or torque wrench to tighten your stem's bolts down on this carbon bar per spec. And don't forget a small swipe of Finish Line "Fiber Grip" paste ($6/tube). Don't overtighten! And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on May 2, 2017

5 5

Sportful is the venerable cycling sportswear company based at the foot of the Dolomites in Northern Italy.

Less well known in the US, they are well known and respected in Europe, supplying many pro teams (Tinkoff-Saxo, Fassa Bortolo, Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Merida).

Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador have worn Sportful kit for years.

Anyway, I think bibshorts are one of the best things that Sportful makes. Why?

1.) Sportful's TC Pro chamois is their top chamois -and one of the very best in the business. It is waffled (for ventilation) and features variable thickness.
2.) The shoulder straps are great, they lay flat (like Assos), but are more ventilated.
3.) Well ventilated design around the back too. Great summer bibs!
4.) High quality lycra with flat stitching.
4.) Very high quality and QC overall. Sportful​ bibshorts are made in Europe -not China like most Castelli bibs.

Sizing: Size up +1 from your normal street size. Italian sizing -is- different.

Also, be aware, these are tailored pretty slim for the target rider: fit, athletic cyclists.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who is audacious enough to market $400 bibshorts? Assos.

Are they worth it? Yes.

The people at Assos are perfectionists. Assos was founded by Tony & Elaine​ Maier in 1976 near Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Elaine, being of Greek descent, inspired the company name: Assos. Greek for "the first, the best."

No one designs better or finer cycling kit.

The kuku Penthouse is a revelation.

These are the best bibshorts made in the world.

Campionissimo bibshorts + Assos jersey + Assos Equipe socks = cycling perfection.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

The people at Assos (the cycling sportswear company) are perfectionists; especially with regard to textiles, design, and fit.

It works. No one designs better or finer cycling kit.

You must pair this exquisite jersey with at least the Assos "Equipe" bibshorts. And the Assos "Equipe" socks. Perfection.

Sizing for the F1 Jersey​: Snug fit. And true to size. Have the body for this jersey or look elsewhere.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Giordana was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Their motto is: "founded by cyclists for cyclists."

Today, Giordana is still family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after. Hence, the strong women's line.

Also, Giordana sportswear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare in the cycling world and VERY important. This facilitates the high quality and QC that you will find with Giordana.

In sum, the Lungo bibshort is exceedingly well designed, and is made by a family that takes personal pride in the quality of their products.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Giordana Sportswear was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Today, Giordana is still family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his adult children (including daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after).

Anyway... Giordana gear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare and VERY important. This facilitates the high quality and QC found with Giordana gear.

This jersey beautifuly matches Giordana's awesome Lungo bibshorts. Love the 6 rear pockets too.

P.S. -For 2017, Giordana is supplying both UCI pro teams Astana and Orica/Scott.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Giordana was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Their motto is: "founded by cyclists for cyclists."

Today, Giordana is still family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after. Hence, the strong women's lineup.

Also, Giordana gear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare in cycling and is VERY important. This facilitates the high quality and QC that you will find with Giordana.

In sum, the Lungo jersey is technically advanced, looks great, and is made by a family that takes *personal pride* in the quality of their sportswear.

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